Tua Tagovailoa Has Shocking Odds to Be Dolphins' Starting Quarterback in Week 1

Jason Schandl
Tua Tagovailoa's odds to be the Dolphins' starting QB in Week 1 have him as an underdog to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Tua Tagovailoa's odds to be the Dolphins' starting QB in Week 1 have him as an underdog to Ryan Fitzpatrick. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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Surprising nobody, the Miami Dolphins selected Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. There had been some talk of different plans in the weeks leading up to the draft, but none of that came to fruition, and instead the Dolphins went with the pick that had been projected for months.

Even though Tua is reportedly ahead of schedule in recovering from his hip injury, he's still a big underdog in the odds to be the Dolphins' starting QB in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

While the Dolphins are obviously hoping Tua is going to be the long-term answer as their franchise quarterback, he's a sizable +200 underdog to be the starter in Week 1. The favorite, by a huge margin, is Fitzpatrick at -270.

This isn't necessarily an indictment of Tua's health, though. Despite being ahead of schedule in his recovery, there's been talking about bringing him along slowly, and it could be for the best that he's not thrown into the fire right off the bat.

Interestingly, those +200 odds are pretty strong for a rookie QB as well. Over in Los Angeles, Justin Herbert is only +260 to start in Week 1, despite going just one pick later and not dealing with any injury concerns.

Of course, training camp and the preseason have the potential to bring some serious changes to the situation, but for the time being it looks like Dolphins fans can expect to get at least a couple more games of Ryan Fitzpatrick before they get to see their QB of the future take the reins as the starter.


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